The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

by Gareth Hinds


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With elegant, contemporary artwork and a faithful but succinct adaptation, this graphic novel casts a classic drama in a provocative new light.

Here is the tale of young Bassanio, who, to win the love of fair Portia, entangles his dearest friend, Antonio, in a dangerous bargain with the moneylender Shylock. Only Bassanio’s heartfelt efforts — and a clever intervention by Portia — will save Antonio from paying Shylock "a pound of flesh." Moody and mesmerizing, this graphic novel adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s more controversial plays boasts a chic modern cast, high drama, and all the dark, familiar beauty of Venice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763630256
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 05/22/2008
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gareth Hinds is the creator of Beowulf and other graphic novels based on classic works. Of The Merchant of Venice, he says, "I find the fairy-tale symbolism and ethical dilemmas of this play compelling, and I wanted to use the graphic novel form to present them to a modern audience." He lives in New York City.

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Merchant of Venice 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cablesclasses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The artwork is dark and monochromatic. The flow of sequence is sometimes hard to follow because of the lack of bolder dividing lines and irregular box sizes. The characters are quite similar in facial features, so unless the reader is familiar with the original play, character development is hard to follow; even using the character list as a reference piece. In all, the artwork, set in a modern setting, helps the reader to visualize the events. The language used, as noted in the author¿s note, does not follow the original poetic format. The book is more of a summary with a few quoted lines used near the end of the play. This choice can also be described as a cunning way to get readers to read Shakespeare and not inundate with iambic pentameter until the end of the play, which by then, the reader will not want to stop reading the book. Overall, this rendition is a great supplemental read or a pre-read to the original play, especially for the high school student.